THE public rehabilitation of the former transport minister David Campbell has begun, with his appointment as a temporary Speaker to the State Parliament.His appointment fills a vacancy in the panel of temporary Speakers which occurred following the elevation of Frank Terenzini to the cabinet last month as Minister for Housing, after David Borger was moved across to become Roads Minister.As a temporary Speaker – one of five – Mr Campbell will receive no additional salary, unlike the positions of Deputy Speaker and Assistant Speaker, which carry annual allowances of $25,000 and $17,000 respectively.As a senior minister, Mr Campbell was on an annual salary of $252,000, which has fallen to $166,000 as a backbencher, including his electoral allowance.Mr Campbell quit the cabinet last month following the broadcasting on commercial television of footage showing him leaving a gay bathhouse in Kensington.”I wouldn’t rule out a future role for David Campbell in the ministry,” the Premier, Kristina Keneally, said.”Certainly I have spoken publicly about my compassion for his situation and my admiration for his commitment to his family.”Ms Keneally said she had not discussed the matter with Mr Campbell. ”He is a good local member and he does have a good contribution to make to the people of NSW,” she said.”But I haven’t had any conversations with anyone about any vacancies or any future reshuffles. I’m quite confident in the cabinet ministers that I have.”Ms Keneally reshuffled the responsibilities of Ian Macdonald and Graham West, who both quit the cabinet just over a week ago, to other ministers, saying that she would not consider any further cabinet appointments until the state budget had been delivered, which occurred earlier this week.Mr Campbell, the member for Keira in Wollongong, holds one of the safest seats in the Parliament, with a margin of more than 20 per cent.It is unclear whether Mr Campbell will stand for parliament at the state elections in March.There was a great deal of public sympathy for him following his recent decision to stand down from cabinet.
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